Your vehicle is an asset and as such requires regular maintenance. If you live in areas that experience extreme winters, you are all too familiar with the havoc that cold weather, snow, and winter can cause to your precious asset.
Having a spring maintenance to-do list for your vehicle is one way to ensure that your car performs at an optimum level at all times during the year.
Check Your Tires
When it comes to safety and regular maintenance, the tires on your vehicle should be at the top of that list. NHTSA recommends that the tires on your vehicle should be replaced every six years irrespective of the number of miles you have driven. But, this does not make your tires exempt from yearly checks.
Check the depth of the tread on the tire. The tire tread refers to the circumference of the tire that makes contact with the ground. Sufficient tread prevents the car from hydroplaning and ensures solid traction on the road. You could use a quarter and place it between the grooves in the tread. If the face of George Washington is fully visible, then there is not enough tread on the tires.
In addition, check the overall wear and tear on the tires as well as the pressure in the tires. Checking that your car tires are roadworthy is an essential maintenance check.
Windshield and Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipes should ideally be checked every six to twelve months. Spring is the ideal time to make these checks part of your spring maintenance routine.
Wiper blades that streak need to be replaced. In addition, flying debris may cause cracks on your windscreen. These should never be left as they will spread over time. Replace the wipers and tend to the windshield cracks at the same time.
Oil Filter and Oil Change
Oil changes need to be conducted every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the make and model of the car. Oil filter changes need to be done along with every second oil change. That means that if the oil on your car needs to be changed every 3,000 miles, then the oil filter needs to be changed every 6,000 miles. Add these checks to your spring car maintenance routine every year.
These checks are crucial as oil filters can become severely blocked if not changed in time. This will reduce the amount of oil that gets to the engine and may cause serious damage.
With summer just around the corner, you want to get on top of this maintenance check right away. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the sweltering heat of summer with a faulty AC system or one that does not work at all.
Apart from these checks, also include any fluid checks that your car may need such as brake fluid, radiator coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, as well as engine oil.
Speak to a professional at AMR Auto Repair & Towing on (801) 528-1975 to assist you with your spring maintenance check-ups.
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